First Hand Account July 9, 2012. Review pulled from Trip Advisor.
“wont be returning didnt fee the entry fee is that bad some people complain i do hope that its what it is to pay for the high food cost for the whales and dolphins but would like to see the budget backinto the deer or see them go to the zoo where its so beautiful and like home.
im sure the owner dosent see it this way. i hope this place shuts down sooner”
“I’m writing to you to express a concern that has come to my attention after spending a day at Marineland in Niagara Falls today. I hope there have been other people who have spoken up as well about Marineland. I have fond memories going there as a child, so I decided to visit it again while on a visit to the Falls this week. However, the excitement was soon replaced by dismay at the conditions of the animals that I saw. It seems to me as if Marineland is trying to transition into more of a theme-park rather than an animal attraction, and thus the welfare of the animals have been seriously compromised. (I could be wrong about the transitioning part, but it seems to have less shows and more rides than I remember.)
Aside from the common complaint of keeping marine animals in tanks and the whales clearly being withheld from food for performance purposes, I found their “less expensive” animals to be in terrible condition. Particularly, the animals that concerned me the most were the fallow deer. They were packed in a completely unnatural, barren enclosure with no park staff supervision. Many were nothing but skin and bones, with their hip bones jutting out in plain sight. (Note: The only source of food I could see was the ones tourists were encouraged to buy. There is a reason why the deer SWARM you for food—they are starving.) There was also no form of shade or a quiet secluded area for the deer. I also noticed about a good portion of them were lame and seemed to have been so for a while. (Are there any regulations requiring veterinary care at all?) Half of the herd was suffering from mange. A few had clear eye infections, or were even blind. There seemed to have been a recent new shipment of deer that looked much healthier, but they were absolutely scared out of their minds at all the people around chasing them.
I urge you, as a local organization who advocates for animal welfare, to please do something about this. I doubt my complaints to the park itself will be heeded at all. I’d hate to know future generations will be taught this sort of treatment of animals is the norm.”
12 Year Old from Michigan said…
Hi, I just returned from a visit to MarineLand on 8/29/2011 with my family, and we were very saddened, shocked and disgusted. It started with the marine animals which seemed to have too many in such small pools. The dears appeared to be near death, with no grassy area or tress or bushes to rub on. The bears water area was beyond filthy, they looked very ill and we were embarrassed that the staff didn’t care enough about them to keep their area clean. When we asked the only worker that we had seen who was selling the corn puffs, she said she “had nothing to do with the animals”. How could you work at an animal park and see that torture and not have anything to say. A disgrace of a human being right there in our face. The plastic bottles and trash in the water was unhealthy for any human or animal. The owners and workers of MarineLand should have to live in such filth. The torture continued to amaze us while it did get worse when we seen the red tail deer, elk, and buffalo who again had the same habitat as the deer exhibit with no grass, trees or shade, just a barren hard dirt ground with no water sources or natural living area. I wish we would have read more about MarineLand before our visit as it sadness me that we “donated” or admission fee to the torture of animals that we care so much about. Thank you for having this website; you have encouraged this 12 year old girl to stop this animal cruelty.
PLEASE BOYCOT MARINELAND
I am a high school student from Burlington, Ontario. On my visit to Marineland this past Sunday with my younger cousins, I could not remember anything but the fond memories of visiting the amusement park as a small child. I have become utterly disgusted by what I witnessed on my visit to the park, and am looking for a way to spread awareness for these devastating conditions of animal captivities… having lived in rural British Columbia for over eight years and watching while ignorant parents throw Cocoa Puffs and marshmallows at confused and suffering black bears with their children, I can not understand how the Ontario government can allow this black bear captivity where education is clearly forgotten. The only thing that children can learn from this encounter with black bears is that they can be looked down upon, treated as substandard to humans, and become a source of entertainment. It disgusts me that Marineland staff are partially aware of visitors who lean against the walls surrounding tanks for the belugas and whales, but play no role in stopping people from dumping popcorn, candy wrappers and styrofoam cups into the bears’ water.